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What Can I Do About Teeth Grinding?

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Do you wake up with a sore jaw, sensitive teeth, or a headache? You might be grinding your teeth at night. If you know or think you’re grinding your teeth, here’s what you can do to protect them in the long run.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism, occurs when you grind your teeth against each other. This condition typically stems from feeling stress or anxiety, and often occurs while you’re sleeping.

Even though you may never catch yourself grinding your teeth, there are a few telltale symptoms, including: severe jaw pain, your teeth getting shorter over time, tooth sensitivity, and headaches.

What Are the Consequences of Teeth Grinding?

Grinding your teeth can come with serious consequences. First off, it damages the enamel, or hard outer layer of your teeth. Damaged enamel increases your chances of staining, decay, and even tooth loss.

The good news is there are ways to reduce or even eliminate teeth grinding, including using solutions we offer at our Edgewater, Maryland dental office:

1. Try Some Distress Techniques

One of the best ways to combat teeth grinding is lowering your stress levels. Meditation, deep breathing, going for walks, and spending time with friends and family are all great ways to get through stressful times.

2. Get a Custom Night Guard

Depending on your situation, you could get a custom night guard to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding while you sleep.

3. Stop Consuming Caffeine

Caffeine can elevate your anxiety levels, so it might be best to curb your caffeine consumption as you experiment with what is triggering your teeth grinding.

4. Explore Orthodontic Treatment or Bite Equilibration

Having uneven or crooked teeth can exacerbate grinding issues. Our office offers Invisalign® clear aligner therapy and alternative orthodontic treatments to fix bite issues and prevent grinding. Bite equilibration is another potential treatment that involves making small adjustments to your teeth to even out your bite.

Solutions to Teeth Grinding in Edgewater, Maryland

If you are experiencing teeth grinding, we’d love to help you. In addition to the treatment plans outlined above, we also offer cosmetic and restorative options for those whose teeth have been damaged by teeth grinding. Please contact us to schedule a consultation so we can figure out the best solution for your smile, and check out our financial page to learn more about how to pay for your treatment. We look forward to seeing you!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.